Went for a walk saturday night...

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   Posted 1/8/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
The only problem is I was still asleep and the corner of a wall meeting my forehead woke me up.
I have never ever had a problem with sleep walking....
I have been taking the occasional AMBIEN ever since I started with the Naltrexone...I increased my useage when I stopped taking the LDN and started up with the Humira....I usually only take a tablet or even half a tablet on the day I take my injections and sometimes the day after...otherwise I sleep just fine without....the initial reaction to Humira is a bit of insomnia...without the Ambien I would be lucky to catch 2 hours sleep in 2 days.
This past saturday night I knew by 11:30 at night I was not going to sleep so I popped an Ambien and fell right to sleep.  My wife tells me ( I only remember hitting the wall...the rest is from my wife) I got out of bed at 2:30...she heard me in the masterbath rooting around and asked what i was doing...i told her I needed to put something in our oldest sons truck...(problem is he lives 40 miles away and has not lived at home for over 5 years)...the she says she heard me walk into the study where found out later I  laid out our bathmat in front of the desk....she says I did a very nice and neat job....at this time she is thinking she should get up and see what is going on....but then I walk out of the study and proceed across the house towards the kitchen.  wifey hears a sharp thup/thonk followed by a painfilled grunt.  Now she gets up and searches for me...calling my name, but gets no response...she finds the bathmat in the study...she checks the guest bath, and does not see me there because the lights are out...she then starts up the stairs until she hears my moan coming out of the guest bath....she comes back, finally sees my outline in the dark and asks what i am doing...I tell her i am trying to stop the bleeding in my head..."what bleeding, what are you talking about" she says.  I turn on the light and pull a paper towel (that i must have picked up in the kitchen on the way to the bathroom) from my forehead...she sees the 1 inch gash and the blood...you know how head cuts can bleed.   let me add at this point I only remember actually hitting my head....and then showing my wife the cut...
My wife looks at the cut, throws my arm over her shoulder and guides me back to bed...she gets me laid out on the bed, cleans the wound with antiseptic and puts some butterfly bandages on the thing...she swears she was not gentle at all about it, but I never moved or said word....just slept very soundly.  I awoke about 6 hours later knowing I had my head...but that was all.
we have had a good laugh over this and everyone wants to know about the gash on my forehead....but now my wife swears she can't sleep because she is afraid i will get up again and cause more damage to myself....
I have read that sleep walking is a very common side effect of the drug...and worse yet it is very common for people to try and drive or sit down and eat something....i can't imagine which is worse...driving while asleep or doing some saute and knife work with your eyes closed.....
Even funnier...Ambien does a lot advertising in Food magazines....
So...if you take Ambien or any of the drugs like it ...becareful and maybe try wearing your sneakers to bed ....it helps to be prepared.
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old

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   Posted 1/8/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   

I have sleep walked before but not lately.

I am glad you are OK! Maybe your Doc could try some other sleep med and see if you don't have the problems.

Tell your wife to put a bell on your pj's then if you get up she can hear you. Or something on the floor by your side of the bed that will wake her up and she can try to stop you.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...

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   Posted 1/8/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Ambien can induce a hypnotic-like state if you take too much, or mix it with alcohol.

You didn't say what dosage you were taking. I do take Ambien on occasion, and I'm concerened about this sleepwalking problem. That's one reason why I try to take a minimum dose. I buy the 10 mg pills and cut them in half (a lot cheaper than double the amount of 5 mg pills).

One thing I have read is that you must never drink alcohol with Ambien, not even a little. Just one drink can really set off a serious sleepwalking episode, which you won't even remember. People have done that and woke up in jail, arrested for such things as walking naked outdoors, driving and crashing a car, etc, all without remembering any of it.

In some cases, people have said that they didn't drink alcohol, but found opened liquor bottles the next day. Apparently, they drank while under the influence of the Ambien, but were unaware of this. It may be best not to have any liquor in the house - you can't drink what you don't have.

best wishes for a good sleep,
Crohn's since 1988
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